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CV / RESUME

 

 

A CV (also known as a RESUME) is an individualised, written summary of your personal, educational and experience qualifications. It is designed to present you as a prospective employee. Not everyone needs a CV. However, if you are looking for a professional, technical, administrative, or managerial job, you will need a CV. Applications for many clerical and sales positions also require a resume.

A CV is like a written sales presentation. It alone will not get you a job. However, an effective CV creates a favourable impression of you while presenting your abilities and experience. Your CV can be used as a response to an ad. It can also be used as a letter of introduction for an interview. It is a fact sheet that tells a prospective employer that you are a desirable prospective employee.


Read each sentence carefully. Choose the best word to fill in the blank. Then click on the answer button to see the hidden answer.


  1. A ___ is an individualised, written summary of your personal, educational and experience qualifications .
  2. It is___ to present you as a prospective employee .
  3. Not ___ needs a CV .
  4. Applications for many clerical and sales positions also require a ___ .
  5. A CV is like a ___ sales presentation.
  6. It alone will not get you a ___ .
  7. An effective CV ___ a favourable impression of you while presenting your abilities and experience.
  8. Your CV ___ be used as a response to an ad.
  9. It is a fact sheet that tells a ____ employer that you are a desirable future employee.

 Here is an example of a typical English-style CV:

Emily Bronte

 

'The Larches'

Hudson Way

Larswick

Somerset

TA12 6MX

tel. 0181 345 2126

e-mail: emily@yahoo.co.uk

 

Profile

Enthusiastic, responsible graduate with a Postgraduate Printing and Publishing Certificate and good organizational skills. Able to work independently using initiative and as part of a team to tight deadlines. With editing, desktop publishing, and keyboard skills.

Qualifications and training

Postgraduate Certificate in Printing and Publishing, London Institute

BA (Honours) Economics, University of Sheffield

'A' level English, History, French

Experience

  • Three months' work experience with World-English Press, a company involved in writing, editing, and publishing English as a second and foreign language texts.
  • Word Processing and general office administration.
  • Work with an Apple Mac using Claris works and QuarkXpress.
  • Work experience at Reed Promotional Publishing and Oxford University Press,
  • Currently working with World-English Press as a paid employee with increased responsibility.

Interests

Music: playing the flute.

Mountain walking and rock climbing.

Cinema and theatre going.

Referees

Dr J. M. Eastwood                                              Mrs S. Cruise

World-English Press                                            29, Lower Redhill Lane

Castle Street                                                        Mulcheney

London SE1 7EX                                                Somerset BA11 2DZ